Product Hunt Daily Digest
October 11th, 2021

Clash-ing with TikTok

Can two apps join forces to upend TikTok? TikTok did just reach 1B monthly active users, so maybe not. But as they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.

We first met Clash on Product Hunt a year ago. The new app took a creator-first approach to social media. The expectation was that the makers understood what creators wanted more than anyone. Co-founder Jesse Leimgruber is a digital marketer and content strategist, and co-founder Brendon McNerney is a creator and former star on Vine, where he had amassed 700K followers.

Meanwhile, Dom Hofman, founder of Vine, was launching byte, another Vine-esque video app and social network. byte had a strong community from the start, with over 1.3 million downloads during the first week of its launch. But TikTok had simply grown too large by that point. Ryan Hoover’s comment on the launch page could have spoken for millions of others:

“Ooh, I've been looking forward to this, although TikTok is already sucking too much of my attention. 😅”

You know where this is going even if you didn't catch the news. At the beginning of the year, Clash acquired byte for an undisclosed amount. Mr. McNerney told the New York Times it was “more of an I.P. acquisition” to take over byte’s community.

Now Clash App has re-launched today with a larger community, $9.1 million in funding from investors like Alexis Ohanian, and a new focus which is to be a sort of supplement to apps like TikTok. McNerney and Leimgruber expect that creators will grow their fanbase across a host of platforms — Clash is meant to be the place where they manage and monetize them.

With the launch, the makers have made good on the promise they made to the Product Hunt community last year and delivered Drops, a feature where fans can send tokens to creators right in the main feed. Tokens are purchased by fans through the App Store and redeemed at 2,500 ($25), similar to Twitch. Another feature called Fanmail lets fans unlock message sending to creators, who can respond back.

Clash may have pivoted from Goliath (TikTok), but it is still entering a crowded space. We’ve seen plenty of competitors with community management tools start to gain traction — Orbit, Geneva, and just-launched, Kommunity, to name a few.

Clash is worth calling out still. For better or worse, the app skirts feelings of being a SaaS-type tool for creators and is built upon short-form video instead, with fingerprints of the makers’ Vine past.

Clash of fans
Vimcal’s launch today is drumming up a lot of excitement thanks to its keyboard shortcuts, timezone conversions, and booking feature that allows you to easily share your availability windows in an email, rather than sending a booking link.
See the demo
What’s next for Product Hunt
Product Hunt CEO, Ashley Higgins, answered questions about the Product Hunt roadmap and shared her advice for founders.
Sponsored By
Newsletter Sp-onsor

We get it. Remembering long, complicated logins for every account is impractical, so employees reuse the ones they know. With 1Password, everyone on your team can create strong, unique passwords for every account, and securely share everything they need to work together.

Powerful admin tools give you control over managing permissions, enforcing security policies, and checking for weak or compromised credentials that could put your business at risk. Take back control of sensitive company data and keep your team safe – without slowing them down.

Secure your startup for one low price with our Teams Starter Pack.

If you’re a no-code builder looking for a backend solution powerful enough to scale, you might be interested in the Xano launch today. Each Xano account comes with a scalable server, a flexible database, and a No Code API builder that can transform, filter, and integrate with data from anywhere.
Baby got backend